Posted by: Tailz
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Posted on: 10/14/09 - 10:17:19 PM - EDT
Rating of: 2 of a possible 5
The idea for this film was solid, but the
execution was a bit lacking.
The trickery with lighting to hide Harvey's
"bad" side was a nice approach, as the
makeup, or what seemed like a mask, was never
exploited. The Penguin also looked solid.
There were times when the writing was done
well. The "...if I only had a brain" line was
a nice touch. The Penguin's lines though were
obviously ripped right out of Batman Returns,
which sadly came as no surprise seeing as how
heavily influenced you seem to be by Burton's
Batman in your previous efforts.
The writing was also shaky when Scarecrow
threatens to leave, then stays put for no
The Joker "intimidating" Harvey was too
quick. The tension that should have been
clear and present wasn't allowed the time to
Also, when the Joker enters, he throws
Robin's chest piece down on the table, then
exclaims that there are bigger problems to
come. But film's end, the "bigger problem"
had still yet to be revealed, unless killing
Jim Gordon was to be the "problem". But then
how would killing Gordon be a problem?
Realistically, it'd make a life a little
easier for the Underworld seeing as a strong
alley of Batman was out of the way.
Speaking of Gordon...killing him at the end
of the film was a complete waste. There was
zero buildup in the writing that lead to the
killing, and it came off underwhelming, and
worse, out of nowhere. It was unnecessary and
added nothing to the story.
The Mad Hatter was also fairly useless.
Outside of bringing up Batman, he didn't
contribute anything or help progress the
story. The film wouldn't have suffered had he
not been written in at all.
I have to mention that the villains, outside
of the Joker, were not developed at all.
There was a bit with Harvey, but not much.
This seems to be a problem you have
continually run in to with your previous
Batman films. There was very little that
separated the other villains' personalities
from each other, outside of some meaningless
Overall, you are getting better, be it a
little at a time. If it were an option, I'd
give this a 2.5, but that's not an option.
Biggest thing is you need to develop ALL
characters that are written into the film. It
not only helps the viewer invest in these
characters, it also helps elevate the
importance of the story.